Susan Stein is a great ally and has a great eye for fashion. She’s produced Animal Samaritans’ doggie fashion show in which me and Buddy, the Wonder Dog, have participated in thrice now. But she really shines during Fashion Week El Paseo presented by Palm Springs Life.
So it’s fitting (a perfect fit, that is) for her to be honored with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars this week. I had the opportunity to dine with her last Spring and got to appreciate her storied past in the fashion industry.
While mid-century architecture is what the valley is known for, one has to accompany that with a sense of style. Susan helps curate and bring fashion sense forward. But can she help me with my Red Dress/Dress Red outfit?
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide on KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Ann Hampton Callaway with Special Guests The Four Freshmen
The McCallum Theatre presents Ann Hampton Callaway with Special Guests The Four Freshmen on Monday, January 29 at 7 pm. Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the leading champions of the Great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host, producer, and philanthropist. Founded in 1948, the Four Freshmen continue to tour worldwide with their unique blend of harmonic jazz arrangements and big band vocal group sounds. The ensemble has “endured for the simple reason that they are top in their class.” Get tickets
Coco Peru: Have You Heard?
Divas in the Dust presents Coco Peru: Have You Heard? for four shows, Thursday–Sunday, February 1–4 at 7 pm at Fuego Event Space. Coco loves to reminisce. In fact, she’s very good at it. In “Have You Heard?,” Coco performs some of her favorite monologues and songs spanning her long career, as well as some new stuff too. Whether you’ve heard all or some of these stories, or if you’re a Coco virgin, come see why Lily Tomlin called Coco “One of the last great storytellers” and experience the trailblazing Queen who elevated drag whilst still wearing sensible heels. Get tickets
Palm Springs Walk of the Stars Honors Susan Stein
The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce pays tribute to Susan Stein, Creative Producer and Director of Fashion Week El Paseo and longtime Fashion/Scene Editor of Palm Springs Life Magazine, with the 465th star on the Palm Springs Walk of the Stars in the category of Civic/Pioneer. The star will be unveiled at the Downtown Palm Springs Park on Tuesday, January 30 at 2 pm. The Star Dedication Ceremony is open to the public. More info
Drag Story Hour with Bella da Ball
Join Bella da Ball for an evening of laughter and fun at Drag Story Hour on Tuesday, January 30 from 6–7 pm at the Palm Springs Public Library! Start the evening with a special craft and then circle around as Bella reads stories, and at the end join the dance party! It will be a fun evening for the whole family, everyone is welcome. More info
CVRep presents Cabaret, based on a play by John Van Duten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, running Wednesdays–Sundays through February 10. In an immersive, one-of-a-kind production, you will step off the street and into a world you could only imagine. From the minute you enter the Playhouse you will be transported; to a wild nightlife; a dangerous time in an unstable country; and take a journey unlike any you’ve risked before. Be swept away in the 8-Tony Award winning musical by the legendary American songwriting team, Kander and Ebb. Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh says, “Having seen many different productions of CABARET, including the original, this is one of the strongest and most powerful I have seen and should not be missed.” Read his full review and Get tickets
Modernism 101: From Bauhaus to Our House
With Modernism Week 2024 just around the corner (February 15–25), it’s a great time to brush up on your Modernism knowledge with Modernism 101: Everything You Wanted to Know about Modernism but Were Afraid to Ask on Wednesday, January 31 from 6–7:30 pm at the Palm Springs Public Library. How did the Coachella Valley become a living museum of desert modern architecture? What makes a building midcentury modern? Who are the architects that created the unique collection of desert modernism here in our valley? The Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) will present an informative and entertaining look at the principles of design that rocked the world of architecture in post-war America. This evening’s topic: “From Bauhaus to Our House” presented by Joan Gand and Mimi Fisher. More info
Palm Springs Chamber Mixer at Palm Springs Surf Club
Everyone is invited to attend the Palm Springs Chamber’s January Mixer at Amala at the Palm Springs Surf Club on Wednesday, January 31 from 5–7:30 pm. Amala is the exclusive restaurant nestled within The Palm Springs Surf Club. This month, the Chamber is teaming up with EMERGE Palm Springs, a program launched in February 2023, and celebrating the release of their quarterly PS I love U magazine. This edition is specifically shining a spotlight on 12 next-generation leaders who have played a pivotal role in putting EMERGE Palm Springs on the map. More info
Black History Month in Palm Springs
February is Black History Month — and the entire community is invited to participate in a host of free, fun, and educational events organized by the Palm Springs Black History Month Committee, in partnership with the City of Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Art Museum. See our listing for the events coming up, including this weekend’s 14th Annual Awards Gala (Feb. 3), plus the Men’s Basketball Tournament (Feb. 17), Black History Caravan (Feb. 19), and the Parade and Town Fair on Saturday, February 24. More info
Future Memory Art Exhibition
The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts at College of the Desert presents Future Memory, an art exhibition running from February 1–22. The exploration of memory, the convergence of AR and AI technologies, the significance of joy in the Black experience, and the responsibility and hope artists carry in addressing pressing challenges are key themes, along with the importance of rest, self-care, and community, with hopefulness as a crucial survival element. Come for the show’s Opening Reception on Thursday, February 1 from 4–7 pm. More info
The Dirty Show 2.0 with Skyler Gentry
Ben Zook from the hit gay web series, “Where the Bears Are,” presents The Dirty Show 2.0 with Skyler Gentry on Wednesday, January 31 at 7 pm at Dietlart Gallery. This all-new show features Zook as Skyler Gentry, America’s favorite actor-singer-dancer-psychic, with raunchy songs, comedy bits and “psychic readings” with the audience. His original show was a smash hit in Palm Springs and he performed it all over the world. He’s thrilled to be back in Palm Springs with this brand new “Dirty Show 2.0!” Beware – the show is very gay, very dirty and loads of fun! Intended for mature audiences. Get tickets
Cinema on Ice: Groundhog Day
The Cinema on Ice Film Series presents Groundhog Day (1993) at the Palm Springs Cultural Center on Thursday, February 1 at 6 pm. Bill Murray stars in this classic wintertime comedic nightmare. And, while it would be HILARIOUS to show it over and over again for the remainder of the series, it will be followed by 3 other crowd-pleasing, cold-weather favorites, so don’t stray too far. Get tickets
PALS Death Cafe
PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) presents a Death Cafe on Thursday, February 1 from 2–3 pm on Zoom. A Death Cafe is a group-led open conversation about death and dying; and in doing so to live life more fully. It is not a counseling or bereavement group; and there is no agenda, specified topics, or designated outcomes. Join the conversation, bring your curiosity and questions, and engage in a discussion about the aspects of death and dying that interest you. More info
Desert Art Center: Mid-Mod Show
The Desert Art Center presents a new Mid-Mod Art Show, from February 2–11. Join in celebrating this big new show on Friday, February 2 at 5 pm for a Mid-Mod Tiki Luau reception on the back lawn with a beverage bar and the ever popular Palm Springs Charcuterie food truck. More info